Posted by: Dale Byers | August 17, 2018

TWO WINGS FOR HUMILITY OF PREACHING- Isaiah 6:3

“ And one cried to another, and said, Holy, Holy, Holy is the LORD of Hosts:       the whole earth is full of His glory.”

A.There was no competition at the Throne of God.

  1. The simplest and most insignificant act of worship can become the most important ministry to God. The Seraphim were content to have the simple occupation of flying and proclaiming the Holiness of God. They were not involved in big decision making positions. They were not leading armies or performing deeds that demonstrated power. God wanted those who were closest to Him, to be those who could be trusted and who would enjoy Him the most. Their greatest pleasure was being near to God.

Local churches often battle with power struggles of who is in charge or who shall receive the prominent positions. Many want to be leaders but few covet to become servants (Mark 10:35-45). Families are often torn apart with struggles of competing for the check book, or kids or time. What a different home they could have if each would be consumed with the attitude of the Seraphim.

Often widows and people who have debilitating illnesses, feel that they are unable to hold a significant ministry because of their limitations. Those limitations are God’s call to minister in special ways for Him. If you are limited to a bed, then consider it as God’s Throne Room and use it to worship Him. The simplest act of prayer is God’s most powerful tool. What would you be willing to sacrifice, just to be nearer to God? The greatness of our ministries are not measured in comparison with other servant’s ministries but how much we have enjoyed and reflected praise to God.

  1. Their ministry never changed or altered because God’s Glory never changed or altered.

The Seraphim had a task of proclaiming the Holiness of God. It was a simple task in that it never changed or wavered. Continually they cried, “HOLY, HOLY, HOLY.” Continually they did fly in unceasing activity. They never rested or altered their message or their ministry. They did not seek any way to add to or change their job description. They were totally committed to this wonderful occupation of declaring the Holiness of God. The Holiness of God is too high to run over the top and too deep to eventually fathom its depths. There is no possibility of exhausting the Glory and The Holiness of God. They did not change their message nor attempt to break the monotony because it never became monotonous. Repetition is a wonderful thing because it draws emphasis. Variety may be the spice of life but repetition reveals the priorities of our lives.

The Gospel of Jesus Christ does not alter, nor do we need to change our job description. Paul’s instructions to Timothy, “Preach The Word!” The command is not to feed the hungry, or improve the habitats of men, nor to educate the masses. All of those are good and they may be God’s avenues to bring the Gospel to the lost but they are never the Gospel. We have been commanded to go into all the world making disciples through the simple message of the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus Christ. That is our God given command and His commission to the Church. May we never be ashamed of it, attempt to alter this message or rest until the work is done.

No, there is no room at the Throne for mirrors, unless they are all reflecting the image and Glory of God.

Footnotes

*1 Ryrie Study Bible, New American Standard Translation, Isa. 6 foot notes, p.1022.

*2 Pickering, Hy, Twelve Baskets Full, Pickering & Inglis, London 1953

*3 The statement “no mirrors at the throne” has been made by others and the author claims no credit for the statement. Who originally stated the truth is not known to the author.

*4   A note of appreciation to Dr. Wilbert Welch who shared this truth at a pastor’s conference, at a time when this pastor needed that encouragement.

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Posted by: Dale Byers | August 15, 2018

HUMILITY OF PREACHING-1

III. TWO WINGS FOR HUMILITY OF PREACHING-   Isaiah 6:3

“ And one cried to another, and said, Holy, Holy, Holy is the LORD of Hosts:       the whole earth is full of His glory.”

Do you remember that we began with the positive use of mirrors? Well, a mirror can also be a bad thing. Years ago, there was a piece of furniture called a “vanity.” It was a huge mirror with a desk, drawers, and a comfortable seat so you could sit for a long period of time to admire and dress the face. “Vanity” is a good name for it because it could become an act of vanity. Self-glory is the greatest sin (Prov. 6:17). Other sins are against the laws of God, but pride is against the person of God.

We learn from the Seraphim that there is no place for a mirror at the Throne of God to behold ourselves. *3   The more we behold Him in His Glory, the less significant we become. John the Baptist declared that he was nothing but a voice in the wilderness. He said of Christ, “He must increase and I must decrease” (Jn.3:30). There is much in Christian ministry today that is man-conscious more than God-conscious.   Note some of the truths we learn from the Seraphim:

  1. There was no competition at the Throne of God. Mirrors cause us to compare ourselves with others. We compare how we appear with how someone else appears. Mirrors are deceiving because what is left is right and what is right is left.

2Cor. 10:12 For we dare not make ourselves of the number, or compare ourselves with some that commend themselves: but they measuring themselves by themselves, and comparing themselves among themselves, are not wise.

The Bible warns us not to compare ourselves with others because we are each unique individuals and we have all unique gifts that have been given to us by God.

1Cor. 4:7 For who maketh thee to differ from another? and what hast thou that thou didst not receive? now if thou didst receive it, why dost thou glory, as if thou hadst not received it?

The day of Pentecost is recorded in Acts chapter 2.

1* And when the day of Pentecost was fully come, they were all with one accord in one place. 2* And suddenly there came a sound from heaven as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled all the house where they were sitting. 3* And there appeared unto them cloven tongues like as of fire, and it sat upon each of them. 4* And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance.

The cloven tongues of fire sat upon each of them. They could all see the evidence of the Holy Spirit upon the heads of everyone else, but they could not see it upon their own head. Often it is true that we see God’s gifts and blessings upon other ministers and ministries, we can become discouraged because we cannot see it upon ourselves. Perhaps God designed it that way so we would not be looking in the mirror at ourselves. There was no competition at Pentecost because the Holy Spirit was controlling those disciples and their focus was upon God. *4

I do not see the Seraphim, competing for which of them could cry the loudest or which of them had the most beautiful voice, or could cry in soprano, alto, tenor or bass. I do not see one trying to fly faster than the others. While they cried to one another they do not cry against one another. They were too occupied with God to be in competition with their peers. There were no counting of numbers, or measurements of how many times each flew around the Throne.

When we consider the Glory of God and the vast expanse of the Great Commission, it is sad that so much competition exists among us. Churches, families, and relationships are often broken because of our struggling to be above the others. Most of all our shame is reflected instead of the Glory of God.

 

 

Posted by: Dale Byers | August 13, 2018

HUMILITY OF POSITION

TWO WINGS FOR HUMILY OF POSITION     They covered their feet.

Feet are made for our standing just as wings are made for flying. Think with me for a moment of the position the Seraphim held. They were occupied at the very Throne of God and were given the position of heralding the Glory of God as “Holy, Holy, Holy.” They were awesome, not only in their persons but in the position they held. All who come to God must come through that Holiness. We must also come with the same humility. The position they held demanded that there be no pride of their position. This was Lucifer’s downfall (Ezek 28:12-18; Isa. 14:12-14). “I will be like the Most High” he said (his person) and “I will set my throne above the heavens” (his position). It was the pride of his person and the lust for position that brought his ruin and led a third of the angels to sin as well. The ministry of the Seraphim was to be a complete occupation with God. Self glory is always the enemy of God and the tool of Satan. It has been said that a self-made man always worships his maker.

We all have often wished to be like the Apostle Paul. Think of the miracles he witnessed, the churches he started, the people he saw turn to Christ and above all to have met and talked with the glorified risen Christ. It is interesting that before his conversion his name was Saul; named after the first earthly king of Israel who stood head and shoulders above everyone else. Following his conversion he became known as Paul; little of stature and humble. What made the difference between his being Saul and Paul? It was his total occupation to know Christ in a more intimate way and to become His servant. Apostolic position never changed his desire to give the glory and praise to Christ.

Consider Paul’s opinion of himself. Paul thought of himself as:

His service-I Cor. 15:9 For I am the least of the apostles, that am not meet to be called an apostle, because I persecuted the church of God.

10* But by the grace of God I am what I am: and his grace which was bestowed upon me was not in vain; but I laboured more abundantly than they all: yet not I, but the grace of God which was with me.

His relationship with other believers Eph. 3:8 Unto me, who am less than the least of all saints, is this grace given, that I should preach among the Gentiles the unsearchable riches of Christ;

His sinnership- 1 Tim. 1:15 This is a faithful saying, and worthy of all acceptation, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners; of whom I am chief. *2

Paul The Apostle was controlled by God and totally committed to the Glory of Jesus Christ.

Gal. 6:14 But God forbid that I should glory, save in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom the world is crucified unto me, and I unto the world.

Gal. 2:20 I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.

The greatest position or activity that you and I will ever obtain will be that which most reflects focus to the Glory of God, ( 1Cor. 10:31). God is no respecter of persons, (Rom. 2:11). We too must cover our feet in humility.

 

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Posted by: Dale Byers | August 10, 2018

Humility of Person

God gave each of these Seraphim six wings and they teach us of humility.

  1. TWO WINGS FOR HUMILITY OF PERSON- They covered their faces

The Seraphim must be awesome. What beautiful creatures they must be. However, in the presence of God, they hide their faces with the first two of their six wings. They acknowledge and accept being creations of the Holy God. They are always aware of His presence and they hide their faces in humility before Him. The face is the expression of who and what we are, and the condition and attitude of our hearts. Consider how the face (countenance) reflects our being:

Joy- Prov. 15:13; Acts 2:28

Sadness- Nehemiah 2:2

Fear- Dan. 5:6,9

Anger- Gen. 35:7; Ex. 10:28

Shame or guilt- Gen. 4:5-6; 35:7; Psalm 44:15; Dan. 9:8

Pride- Psalm 10:4

Often those men in the Bible who were conscious of the presence of God, fell on their faces, or put their faces to the ground (Gen. 17:3; 17:17; Numbers 23:31; Josh 5:14; Matt. 17:6; Luke 5:12; 1 Cor. 14:25) . Moses did exactly what the Seraphim did as recorded in Ex. 3:6 “Moreover he said, I am the God of thy father, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob. And Moses hid his face; for he was afraid to look upon God”.

Please notice how Moses’ face is mentioned in Ex. 34:29-35:

And it came to pass, when Moses came down from mount Sinai with the two tables of testimony in Moses’ hand, when he came down from the mount, that Moses wist not that the skin of his face shone while he talked with him. 30* And when Aaron and all the children of Israel saw Moses, behold, the skin of his face shone; and they were afraid to come nigh him. 31 And Moses called unto them; and Aaron and all the rulers of the congregation returned unto him: and Moses talked with them. 32 And afterward all the children of Israel came nigh: and he gave them in commandment all that the LORD had spoken with him in mount Sinai.

33* And till Moses had done speaking with them, he put a vail on his face. 34 But when Moses went in before the LORD to speak with him, he took the vail off, until he came out. And he came out, and spake unto the children of Israel that which he was commanded. 35 And the children of Israel saw the face of Moses, that the skin of Moses’ face shone: and Moses put the vail upon his face again, until he went in to speak with him.

The New Testament sheds some light upon this passage in 2 Cor. 3:6-18. The children of Israel could not stand to look steadily into the face of Moses because of the glory of his countenance. Moses put a vail over his head to cover his face because he did not want the children of Israel to see the glory departing from his countenance. The Glory of God in the face of Moses was temporary because it was an outward reflection. In the New Testament the ministry of the Holy Spirit radiates the Glory of God in our inner countenance, which is a permanent and eternal relationship with the God of Glory. Although our outward man is perishing, the inner man is renewed day by day (2 Cor. 4:16).

In Isaiah chapter six the Seraphim hid their faces, not because they had sinned, but because of the glorious perfections of God’s glory and their subordinate attitude of worship. The word “holy” means separate, set apart, or different. God is perfect light and with Him there is not one spot or shadow of darkness. When you and I acknowledge His holiness, we accept the truth that He is totally different than we are; or should we say, we are totally different than He is. At best, we are inconsistent, sinful and unholy (apart from His holiness). The joy and fulfillment of our lives can only be achieved when we make His holiness the goal of our lives.

I Peter 1:14 As obedient children, not fashioning yourselves according to the former lusts in your ignorance: 15 But as he which hath called you is holy, so be ye holy in all manner of conversation; 16 Because it is written, Be ye holy; for I am holy.

 

 

Posted by: Dale Byers | August 8, 2018

The Throne was High and Lifted Up

Isaiah 6:1

“In the year that King Uzziah died I saw the Lord sitting upon a Throne, high and lifted up, and His train filled the temple.”

The prophet was awestruck as he described the Throne as being high and lifted up. Everything about God is higher than man. Man must always look up to God.

Isa. 55:9 For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts.

It is reported that Luther said to Erasmus: “Your thoughts of God are too human.” There are many ways and many times when we think of God as human. However, God explains that He is not man nor is He limited and finite as human beings. He is the Sovereign, Almighty, All powerful, Self-sufficient, Eternal and Holy God.

These things thou hast done, and I kept silence; thou thoughtest that I was altogether such an one as thyself: but I will reprove thee, and set them in order before thine eyes.” Ps. 50:21

He is characterized as holy, faithful, good, patient, full of grace, mercy, and love. He reigns and controls as absolute sovereign. He is God and He alone is sovereign. The Bible often identifies Him as The Most High God, because nothing is over Him, therefore, nothing can overrule Him, overcome Him or overshadow Him in any way. While this is not the name given to Him in Isaiah chapter 6 (Adonai), it is a name that accurately describes the nature of His Being, and a description of His throne is High and Holy. Notice how He is described as the High God at least 24 time in the Scriptures.   That title is found in the Books of Genesis 4 times; Job 1 time; Psalms 11 times and Micah 1. It is also found in the New Testament 1 time in Mark, 1 time in Acts and 1 time in the Book of Hebrews.

There are 24 verses in the Bible where He is identified by using the title, “The Most High God.” The first time this title is used in Scripture is with Melchisedec (Gen. 14:18) and the last time it is used is with Melchisedec (Heb. 7:1). It is also interesting that this is the name the demon world gives to God. The demon possessed man in Mark 5:7 and the demon possessed girl in Acts 16:17 acknowledged Jesus Christ as the Most High God.

Thus, we see His Throne is High and lifted up, because He is God who is High and Lifted up. Those without God’s work of grace through faith in Christ, cannot comprehend His Throne, nor the position of His Holy person. There is no fear of God before their eyes (Rom. 3:18).

Jude 12 These are spots in your feasts of charity, when they feast with you, feeding themselves without fear: clouds they are without water, carried about of winds; trees whose fruit withereth, without fruit, twice dead, plucked up by the roots;

No matter how bold and rebellious they may be, there will be a day at the Great White Throne when those without Christ will face the awful majesty and power of this Thrice Holy God. Then will they experience the fulfillment of those promises God has made upon all Christ-rejecters:

Heb. 10:27* But a certain fearful looking for of judgment and fiery indignation, which shall devour the adversaries.

Heb 10:31* It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God.

Hell itself will be filled with those who have no fear of God but they shall spend eternity experiencing the consequences of their rebellion.

Re 21:8* But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.

Only those who have eyes of faith can comprehend His Greatness. Those who comprehend Him can realize their own sinfulness and, in submission, accept The Lord Jesus Christ as their only Savior and Sovereign. Even Job cried in Job 23:15 Therefore am I troubled at his presence: when I consider, I am afraid of him. 16 For God maketh my heart soft, and the Almighty troubleth me:. The New American Standard Translation has it as “When I consider, I am terrified of Him.”

 

 

Posted by: Dale Byers | August 6, 2018

Isaiah Chapter 6- Holiness

God’s Throne Represnts 4 Important Truths

Royalty              Authority                Sovereignty               Holiness

  1. HOLINESS While God’s attributes cannot be divided, His primary attribute is Holiness.

Angels are special created beings, designed to assist God in His work and ministry.  Their design and function is to do God’s will.

There are Angelic Beings that are classified according to responsibilities:

Elect Angels (The Fallen Angels we identify as demons.)                                                          1 Tim. 5:21 I charge thee before God and the Lord Jesus Christ, and the elect angels, that thou observe these things without preferring one before another, doing nothing by partiality.

Arc Angels such as Gabriel and Michael.

Cherebim are angels whose responsibility is to guard the Holy Character of God. Shekinah glory at the mercy seat- Where God’s holiness and man’s sinfulness meet.

Serephims are also a special class of angels whose ministry relates specifically to the Glory of God for cleansing. The meaning of the word Serephim means burners– Some believe the fiery serpents are Serephim in Numbers 21:6. And the Lord sent fiery serpents among the people, and they bit the people; and much people of Israel died. This is sometimes translated as “burning serpents.”   Their purpose is to purge and cleanse.

New Testament Account: The International Bible Encyclopedia has this to say: “ In the New Testament the only possible equivalent is in “the living ones” (beasts of AV) in Revelation 4, 5, etc. Here as in Isaiah’s account they appear nearest to Jehovah’ Throne. Supreme in praise of His holiness.

Occupation: The seraphim which Isaiah saw hover above on both sides of Him that sat upon the throne, forming two opposite chorus, and presenting antiphonal worship. Their occupation was two fold- (1) to celebrate the praises of Jehovah’s holiness and power and (2) to act as the medium of communication between Heaven and earth. The Serephim are beings expressive of the divine holiness and demand that the saint shall be cleansed before serving (Isa. 6:6-8). From their antiphonal chant “One cried to another” we may conceive them to have been arranged in opposite rows on each side of the Throne. (Unger’s Bible Dictionary)

Egypt:   Psalms 78:49 He cast upon them the fierceness of his anger, wrath, and indignation, and trouble, by sending evil angels among them. (evil= a word meaning affliction, bad,)

Children of Israel: Numbers 21:6 And the Lord sent fiery serpents among the people, and they bit the people; and much people of Israel died. This is sometimes translated as “burning serpents.”   Their purpose is to purge and cleanse; May they possibly be the Serephim?

Their wings:

With two they cover their face-         Humility of person                                                       With two they cover their feet-          Humility of position                                                  With two they do fly-                            Humility of purpose.

 QUOTE F.C JENNINGS:   In Romans 9:5 Christ who is over all, God blessed forever” with every accompaniment of majestic splendor, sitting on a Throne, which is itself “high and exalted,” for His Throne ruleth over all,” yet while sitting on this lofty Throne, the hem of His raiment fills that glorious temple. Christ has no Vicar over the Church. He Himself is King;

I Tim. 6:15-16 Which in his times he shall show, who is the blessed and only Potentate, the King of Kings, and the Lord of Lords; Who only hath immortality, dwelling in the light which no man can approach unto; who no man hath seen, nor can see: to whom be honor and power everlasting Amen.

 

 

Posted by: Dale Byers | August 3, 2018

HE WAS SEATED UPON A THRONE:

A Throne Speaks of four things:

ROYALTY          AUTHORITY       SOVEREIGNTY            HOLINESS               SOVEREIGNTY: High and Lifted up:   Over what then does He reign and Rule?

A. His SOVEREIGNTY extends over both creation and preservation Psalm 135:5-7  For I know that the LORD is great, and that our Lord is above all gods. Whatsoever the LORD pleased, that did he in heaven, and in earth, in the seas, and all deep places. He causeth the vapors to ascend from the ends of the earth; he maketh lightening for the rain; he bringeth the wind out of his treasuries.

B. He rules governments:   Proverbs 21:2 The king’s heart is in the hand of the O Lord, as the rivers of water: he turneth it whithersoever He will. Daniel 4:35 And all the inhabitants of the earth are reputed as nothing: and he doeth according to His will in the army of Heaven, and among the inhabitants of the earth: and none can stay His hand, or say unto Him, What doest Thou?

C.  He controls individual lives and destinies Jeremiah 18:6   O house of Israel, cannot I do with you as this potter? saith the LORD. Behold, as the clay is in the potter’s hand, so are ye in mine hand, O house of Israel.

D. He watches over events as small as a sparrow’s fall from a tree – Matt. 10:29  Are not two sparrows sold for a farthing? And one of them shall not fall on the ground without your Father. But the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Fear ye not therefore, ye are of more value than many sparrows.

E. God has control over all that happens in this world. He takes personal interest in individual people and knows the smallest details of our lives.   Proverbs 16:1, 9, 33.

F.   He exercises control even over painful and unjust events.    Exodus 4:10-12And Moses said unto the LORD, O my LORD, I am not eloquent, neither heretofore, nor since thou hast spoken unto thy servant: but I am slow of speech, and of a slow tongue. And the LORD said unto him, Who hath made man’s mouth? or who makes the dumb, or deaf, or the seeing, or the blind? have not I the LORD? Now therefore go, and I will be with thy mouth, and teach thee what thou shalt say.   Amos 3:6 Shall a trumpet be blown in the city, and the people not be afraid? shall there be evil in a city, and the LORD hath not done it? After the fire had fell and the wind had blown, the Sabaens and Chaldeans attacked what did Job say to all of his calamities?

Job 1:2021 Then Job arose, and rent his mantle, and shaved his head, and fell down upon the ground and worshipped. And said, Naked cam I out of my mother’s womb, and naked shall I return thither: the Lord gave, and the Lord hath taken away: blessed be the name of the Lord.

 

 

Posted by: Dale Byers | August 1, 2018

THE THRONE

Isaiah 6:1-8

HOLY ! HOLY! HOLY!

Isaiah is called the Evangelist of the Old Testament. He writes to us 700 years before Christ is born in Bethlehem. His word pictures of the Savior are very clear and definite as though we are at hand. There are three visions that Isaiah experiences in this Isa. 6 passage:

Verses 1-4       Isaiah sees God

Verses 5-7       Isaiah sees himself

Verses 8-13     Isaiah sees others

There are only a few selected times when God permits us to view His Throne:

1.The Book of Ezekiel- The theme is the Glory of God

2.The Book of Daniel- provides a view of God’s Sovereign Throne over the nations of history.

3.Micaica said he saw The Lord sitting on a throne (My KAY AH)

4.Revelation 4 the scene reveals that Heavenly Throne as God is worshipped

5.Revelation 5 we see that Heavenly Throne as a search is made for someone to open the Book.

6.2 Corinthians informs us about the Judgment Seat for Believers

7.Revelation 20 is the Great White Throne for unbelievers as they are cast into eternal Hell.

Isa. 6 is God’s revelation to us of HIS Throne.

God chooses to reveal His Throne at a particular time- the time when King Uzziah died.

The background may be read at 2 Chronicles 26 and 2 Kings 15:1-4

HE WAS SEATED UPON A THRONE:

A Throne Speaks of four things:

ROYALTY          AUTHORITY       SOVEREIGNTY         HOLINESS

 

  1. ROYALTY: A Throne has to do with qualifications. You must be qualified to sit on a throne.

A Throne has to do with qualifications. Revelation Chapts. 4 & 5   Who is worthy to open the seals?

Uzziah- marked by pride                                GOD is HOLY

Uzziah- marked by disobedience                    GOD is HOLY

Uzziah- self-willed                                         GOD is HOLY

Uzziah- was dead                                           GOD is THE LIVING GOD

  1. AUTHORITY: He is a King and He has complete reign without competition or equal.

He is not a King but THE KING- THE KING OF KINGS AND LORD OF LORDS.

1 Tim. 1:17 Now unto the King eternal, immortal, invisible, the only wise God, be honour and glory for ever and ever. Amen

He is seated– Permanent not a temporary, earthly throne like Uzziah’s

This temple is Heavenly and speaks of His fixed exaltation of Eternal Deity:                      Ps. 24:7-10 Lift up your heads, O ye gates; and be ye lift up, ye everlasting doors; and the King of glory shall come in. Who is this King of glory? The LORD strong and mighty, the LORD mighty in battle. Lift up your heads, O ye gates; even lift them up, ye everlasting doors; and the King of glory shall come in. Who is this King of glory? The LORD of hosts, he is the King of glory. Selah.

John 12:37-41 These things said Isaiah when he saw His glory and spoke of Him.

 

 

Posted by: Dale Byers | July 31, 2018

WHY STUDY ISAIAH CHAPTER 6

1. It was a time like ours, of waiting in anticipation for the Savior’s arrival. They knew much about the promises of the Messiah, yet many refused to acknowledge Him and they rejected and crucified the very Lord of Glory. Isaiah writes in the face of the coming Babylonian captivity as we likewise see a world, and Israel preparing for the coming Tribulation Period.

2. The passage provides instruction on the ways of God. Psalm 103:7 explains why this is important. “He made known his ways unto Moses, his acts unto the children of Israel.” Israel had the privilege of witnessing the mighty acts of God. They observed first hand the ten plagues upon Egypt, crossing the Red Sea, 40 years of miraculous provisions of quail, manna, water from the rock and so many more might deeds. Yet they never learned His ways. They witnessed His acts but they never comprehended the ways of God. Moses saw the great acts of God and understood why He was doing what He was doing. Moses knew His ways and could interpret God’s character and His motives for His might acts. Isaiah chapter 6 must also lead us to understand the attributes and purposes of God in our own lives. Our prayer must be that of David in Ps.25 Show me Thy ways O Lord., teach me thy paths, lead me in Thy truth and teach me for Thou are the God of my salvation.

3. They were living in days of apostasy and learning how to live righteously is vital to the people of God. Read through your Bible and you will find a pattern repeated over and over in Scripture. The Book of Judges is one of the best example of God’s people adapting their life style to match the pattern of the world around them. Yet in the midst of the apostasy God has a remnant of people who are determined to follow the ways of God instead of the culture around them.

4. These verses provide encouragement for the saints. There are many burdens that people carry today and we need to hear from God about handling our heartaches. The Book of Isaiah especially gives comfort and hope to God’s people. The first 39 chapters of the book focus upon the failures of Israel. The message is strong about judgment and straight in it’s call for repentance. Then Chapter 40 opens with the words of hope, “Comfort ye, comfort ye my people, says your God.” The sixth chapter lays the foundation and source of our comfort. It gives a purifying hope and the promise of God’s blessings.

5. In Isaiah 6 we discover the working of God in the political affairs of the nations. The political climates of nations continually change but God does not. Like Israel we need to see God’s mighty and sovereign hand at work among the nations of the world. One king dies, and another king arises. Especially in our day do we need to hear this message that God is Sovereign and even kings and nations are in His hand. He raise up one king to bring judgment upon His people because of their indifference and disobedience to God. On the other hand, He raises up kings and leaders to deliver and set His people free from bondage. Prov. 21:1 The kings heart is in the hand of the LORD, as the rivers of water: he turns it where ever He will.

6. Most importantly, we need a fresh vision of God. That is what this passage is all about. If there is one thing our churches need more than anything else.  We need to see God: who He is and how we are to please Him. Churches sometimes become desperate to find God through mystical type experiences rather than obedience to the Word. The atmosphere of present day churches are too often measured by human experience without regard for theological truth. There are many voices crying about God but not so many that come to God on His terms. We are sometimes attempt to have services and activities that satisfy the flesh and are pleasing to men. We have forgotten the truth, “The thing you win them with, is the thing you win them to.”   We must bring men to God through holy and divinely appointed means. Isaiah chapter six brings us into the very Throne Room of God.

 

 

Posted by: Dale Byers | June 28, 2018

Why These Trials?

Romans 8:28-31

And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God,               to those who are the called according to His purpose.

Some Times He Is:

He Is Chastening Us: (I Cor. 11:28-32)

Chastening is the action of our Heavenly Father toward his wayward and disobedient child, (Heb. 12:6). The act of discipline must in no way be connected with condemnation of the unsaved (Rom. 8:1; John 3:18). There is even a sin unto physical illness and death,   (1 Cor. 11:30; Acts 5:1-15; I John 5:15-21).

He Is Testing Us: He test our Actions & Attitudes & Affections; Examination of truth; Peter do you love me? How do we respond to our trials? – bitterness or blessing. Each Communion Service is a ministry of self-examination of our lives, (I Cor. 11:28).

He is Maturing Us: We are His children, (Heb. 12:6; John 15:2). Rearing children does involve more than gifts of affection.Parenting involves, rebuke, correction and discipline.

He Is Teaching Us: The Test of Love: (John 8:51) Questions to ask when tested:

  1. Did Christ love His Heavenly Father, (John 8:29)?   Does God love us? Are we better than our Savior?
  2. What did Christ endure for us, (Gal. 1:4; Titus 2:11-15)?
  3. What was the price of God’s love, (John 3:16)? How much does God love us?
  4. How genuine is our love for others- (John 13:34; John 15:9; John 15:12).

He Is Training Us: (2 Cor. 12:7-9) He is equipping us for greater responsibilities. Responsibility and position will be given to us in the millennium, according to our faithfulness to Christ during this life, (2 Tim. 2:12; Rev. 5:9; 1 Cor. 6:2).

He Is Trusting Us: Some people cannot be trusted with trials, (Job 1:6-12; Prov. 19:25).

He Is Completing Us: We must be honest in our worship. His desire and His goal is to conform us to the image of Christ. Jesus suffered for us, ( Heb. 12:9-11).

 

 

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